5 ways to justify the term 'elite'

‘Elite Health’, ‘Elite Car Audio’, ‘Elite Wines’, ‘Elite Bras’ Clearly these are just brand names, just as the bloke around the corner who runs a business called Olympic Windows, is claiming special status (unless window fitting has become an Olympic sport recently). But the word ‘elite’ seems to be cropping up everywhere, (damn it, it…

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A QUESTION of how to build rapport, trust and intel?

“The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.” Thomas Berger Can I ask you a question? (Any thoughts of this being a creepy start are misguided! If you keep reading it should make sense!) Are you having a good week? (Just take a moment and ponder) Can I ask you…

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The base camp of high-performance

“If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.” Daniel Goleman If I look back over my career,…

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Maximising experiences

I am a lucky boy. Lucky, lucky lucky (apologies if after only 8 words you are now singing Kylie Minogue’s hit or reciting sections of Monty Python’s Holy Grail). When I first started to work in high-performance I was fortunate to begin to work alongside a lady called Ailsa Niven (nee Anderson). My role was…

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Five books that changed my life

William Styron — ‘A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.’ I love to read. When I read, I love to write in the margins (at the moment I am reading/scribbling on Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, it’s brilliant) and I love…

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Sleep To Win

In this guest blog series we hear from experts Kevin Morgan and Luke Gupta – on the vital component of performance – Sleep! If you missed the introductory blog then just click here or for insight into training and sleep, here, for more on travel and sleep, click here This blog continues the ‘Top 10…

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Sleep To Win

In this guest blog series we hear from experts Kevin Morgan and Luke Gupta – on the vital component of performance – Sleep! If you missed the introductory blog then just click here or for insight into training and sleep, here This blog continues the ‘Top 10 sleep principles’ focusing on travel and sleep Travelling…

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Sleep to Win

In this guest blog series we hear from experts Kevin Morgan and Luke Gupta – on the vital component of performance – Sleep! This introductory blog will look at the background to sleep and why it is so important. In later blogs they’ll share their ‘Top 10 sleep principles’ covering; training; travelling; competition. Evidence-based sleep…

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1:59:59 marathon: This year's big athletic talking point

“The Sub-2 hour marathon… I think it’s a monumentally difficult challenge” Since its announcement last month, much has been made of Nike’s ‘Breaking2’ project: Three East African distance runners taking a collective shot at the sub-two-hour marathon in the spring of 2017. The reaction, however, has not been universally favourable, with some dismissing it as…

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